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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 19. PASSING THE BATON

    19. Passing the Baton   I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 24. TIMES AND SEASONS

    24. Times and Seasons   A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3:2-3   The meaning of the above verses is transparent: In […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Nobility

    NOBILITY   The Legacy of a Godly Wife   A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10   The final section of Proverbs is an acrostic, a poem in which each verse begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. One commentator calls this “an […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Patriotism

    PATRIOTISM   Fear the Lord and the King   Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious. Proverbs 24:21   It is often said that God only established three institutions-the home, the church, and the state. In so doing, He gave us explicit instructions on how all three […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Praise

    PRAISE   Can You Handle It?   The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives. Proverbs 27:21   For every person who can handle success, there are a thousand who can handle failure. As bad as it hurts to be on the bottom, sometimes it […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Satisfaction

    SATISFACTION   Living Above Your Circumstances   The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, un­touched by trouble. Proverbs 19:23   To fear the Lord means living in the light of His pres­ence. Those who truly fear God respect Him and live by His principles. They never forget that He is […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Security

    SECURITY   Hope Beyond the Grave   When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge. Proverbs 14:32   Sometimes it is amazing how much you can learn from your children. Many years ago, when our oldest son was not quite four years old, my wife asked […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Wisdom

    WISDOM   The Art of Skillful Living   Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a gar­land of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor. Proverbs […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Fear of the Lord

    FEAR OF THE LORD   Where Knowledge Begins   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7a   The most important word in this verse is beginning. It has three meanings: (1) that which is first in order of priorities; (2) the essence or central truth of something; (3) the capstone, […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Flexibility

    FLEXIBILITY   Shifting Gears Without Changing Direction   Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s pur­pose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21   Flexibility is the ability to adjust to a changing situa­tion. Some people are naturally better at this than others, but all of us need some degree of flexibility, […]

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